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Pump up the volume! No single phrase captures the sound of the 1980s better. Big, loud, bold, and brash even the ballads had power! The 80s were the last golden era of Top 40 radio. This was a magic time when the best music was also the music that filled Americas airwaves. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, U2 and Prince were at the absolute zenith of their commercial careers, but that was only half the story.
What made radio in the 80s so irresistible were the unexpected, out-of-nowhere hits of every conceivable stripe. We heard it all, back-to-back: hair-sprayed heavy metal, glammed-up dance grooves, artsy folk, funky hip hop, bass-heavy reggae, angry punk, and brightly painted pop. Now, Eric Records has bottled that lightning in the second of the first two new volumes of our flagship series in four years: Hard To Find 45s on CD, Volume 16: MORE 80s Essentials & Beyond. Filled with rare songs and scarce single versions, this disc will transport you to a time when greed was good and MTV actually played music videos!
On MORE 80s Essentials & Beyond we present exactly that sort of eclectic mix to the max sharply remastered and smartly sequenced for the ultimate 80s experience! Only in that biggest of decades could you hear George Thorogoods blistering blues Bad To The Bone (presented for the first time on CD in its single version) next to Soft Cells synthesizer-soul medley Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (heard here in its super-rare radio edit). Your head will spin as you jump from Roxettes power ballad Listen To Your Heart to Modern Englishs new wave anthem I Melt With You (the stereo single debut) to Inner Circles Bad Boys, which became one of TVs most recognizable themes thanks to the show COPS. And, weve collected both of Suzanne Vegas biggest hits the D.N.A. remix of Toms Diner and perhaps the only #3 hit about child abuse, Luka.
Those are just a few of the 20 hot tracks (13 Top 20 hits, three #1s 79 minutes of music) that make this a totally tubular 80s adventure. Just like weve previously done with the 60s and 70s, Hard To Find 45s on CD, Vol. 16 brings you the best of the 80s and early 90s in audiophile-quality sound and original radio-hit versions. On MORE 80s Essentials & Beyond, the sound quality for these classic singles is the best youll ever hear (just check out the SOUND SAMPLES below). Wheres the beef? Right here!
Includes a 12-page booklet with complete song-by-song annotation and liner notes by Greg Adams.
ALL TRACKS TRUE STEREO / ORIGINAL 45 RPM SINGLE VERSIONS
|play||1.||RADIO MIX CD DEBUTLISTEN TO YOUR HEART||Roxette||#1||11/89|
|play||2.||SINGLE VERSION DEBUTBAD TO THE BONE||George Thorogood & The Destroyers||N/A||10/82|
|play||3.||DANCING WITH MYSELF||Billy Idol & Gen X||#102||10/83|
|play||4.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONIVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU||Londonbeat||#1||4/91|
|play||5.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK||Murray Head||#3||5/85|
|play||6.||TOMS DINER||D.N.A. Featuring Suzanne Vega||#5||12/90|
|play||8.||RARE RADIO EDITTAINTED LOVE/WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO||Soft Cell||#8||7/82|
|play||9.||STEREO SINGLE DEBUTI MELT WITH YOU||Modern English||#78||4/83|
|play||10.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONI DONT LIKE MONDAYS||The Boomtown Rats||#73||2/80|
|play||11.||VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR||The Buggles||#40||12/79|
|play||12.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONMAJOR TOM (Coming Home)||Peter Schilling||#14||12/83|
|play||13.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONMR. ROBOTO||Styx||#3||4/83|
|play||14.||RARE ON CDLIVE IS LIFE||Opus||#32||3/86|
|play||15.||SEND ME AN ANGEL 89||Real Life||#26||7/89|
|play||16.||HANDS TO HEAVEN||Breathe||#2||8/88|
|play||17.||SADENESS (Part 1)||Enigma||#5||4/91|
|play||18.||CLOSE TO YOU||Maxi Priest||#1||10/90|
|play||19.||PUMP UP THE VOLUME||M/A/R/R/S||#13||2/88|
|play||20.||RARE ON CDBAD BOYS (Theme From Cops)||Inner Circle||#8||6/93|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.